10 Off-Broadway Shows You Must See This Fall

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This fall’s Off-Broadway lineup boasts an array of envelope-pushing, thought-provoking new drama and a few welcome revivals. Here are 10 promising shows to kick off the 2014–2015 New York theater season.

MCC Theater: “The Money Shot” (Sept. 22)
Playwright-in-residence Neil LaBute reunites with director Terry Kinney for a comedic study of sex, superstardom, and sheer desperation in the land of Hollywood. The cast includes Elizabeth Reaser, Gia Crovatin, Callie Thorne, and Fred Weller.

New York Theatre Workshop: “Scenes from a Marriage” (Sept. 22)
Eclectic director Ivo van Hove returns to his stomping grounds at NYTW, adapting an epic film by Ingmar Bergman for the stage with the help of Emily Mann and a cast featuring Tina Benko, Dallas Roberts, Arliss Howard, and Roslyn Ruff.

Roundabout Theatre Company: “Indian Ink” (Sept. 30)
Accompanying the revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” is this Off-Broadway premiere of his lesser-known 1995 drama. Set in 1930s India and 1980s England, the play bridges gaps between time, place, and personal history. Tony winner Rosemary Harris stars.

Primary Stages: “While I Yet Live” (Oct. 12)
Who knew Billy Porter, of “Kinky Boots” fame, wrote plays as well? Sheryl Kaller directs this new drama based on Porter’s Pittsburgh upbringing, which features S. Epatha Merkerson and Lillias White as the headstrong women in his life.

Lincoln Center Theater: “The Oldest Boy” (Nov. 3)
LCT’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater opens its season with a brand-new play from the brilliant Sarah Ruhl. The production will feature Tibetan music and puppetry, as well as Celia Keenan-Bolger as a mother faced with relinquishing her toddler son.

Second Stage Theatre: “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” (Oct. 29)
Terrence McNally’s AIDS-era dramedy hasn’t appeared in New York since the original 1991 Off-Broadway production starring Nathan Lane and Christine Baranski. Now Michael Chernus and Tracee Chimo step into their roles as homophobic visitors to Fire Island during a July Fourth weekend.

Manhattan Theatre Club: “Lost Lake” (Nov. 11)
David Auburn and Daniel Sullivan, the Tony-winning writer-director team behind “Proof” and “The Columnist,” bring this world premiere Off-Broadway. John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms co-star as a property owner and tenant dragged inextricably into each other’s problems.

Classic Stage Company: “Allegro” (November)
A Rodgers + Hammerstein musical no one’s heard of? This concept show from 1947, detailing the life of an American doctor, is considered the duo’s most groundbreaking work. Tony winner John Doyle brings to the stage a coming-of-age tale sure to delight cult musical fans.

The Public Theater: “Straight White Men” (November)
Downtown provocateur Young Jean Lee subverts expectations with what appears to be a conventional take on the American family drama. Her New York premiere will feature Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley.

Signature Theatre: “Our Lady of Kibeho” (November)
Olivier Award winner Katori Hall continues her residency at the Signature with a true story about a Rwandan village girl in 1981 who claims to see the Virgin Mary. Director Michael Greif takes on what is guaranteed to be a stirring and spirited drama.

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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